Why post-Brexit environment watchdog lacks Brussels’ bite

Plans to allow the UK’s proposed post-Brexit environment watchdog to issue advisory notices fall far short of matching the EU’s enforcement powers, say commentators. Conor McGlone reports

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EU policies have been instrumental in driving renewables investment and emissions reductions

In early May, the government launched a consultation on how it plans to set up a new, independent, statutory environmental body to hold ministers to account on the environment after Brexit. The creation of such an oversight body is seen as vital, given that while the UK has been a member of the EU, the European Commission and the European Court of Justice have been able to compel the government to act on environmental issues.

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